Articles By: Bob Woelk

It?s getting tougher to be an educator

This has not been a great year to be an educator. We have faced budget cuts, ever-increasing test-score expectations thanks to No Child Left Behind and more and more student behavior challenges. Maybe I am just getting old, but it seems to me the job is getting tougher every year. As the end of another term nears, I have been […]

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Maybe the economy isn?t so bad…

Since last month?s Free Falling, made up of mostly positive bits and pieces, was popular beyond my wildest expectations (thanks to the two people who said they liked it), I decided to continue with the same format for March. Though I know the economy is not what it used to be, I still have a hard time feeling sorry for […]

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Time for nonsense and non sequiturs

I just realized I have been really cranky lately. Even during a run, when I used to clear my head and get a runner?s high, I just get angrier and angrier at the world. So, I have decided that this column is going to be nothing but nonsense and non sequiturs. I was giving blood the other day, and as […]

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Here?s a wish list for the new year…

January is traditionally the time to look ahead, to seek the potential in the new year. It is a time to think about what we might witness in the coming months. It is also a time to hope for better days. To that end, I have put together a wish list for 2010. First, I would love for the people […]

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Being famous is losing its attraction

Why would anybody desire fame and fortune these days? Would we be any happier if we were millionaires or professional athletes? Recent national news headlines have led me to the conclusion that I am much better off being a middle-aged schoolteacher, toiling away in relative obscurity (except for the notice this column gets me each month. Oh, and the attention […]

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Random thoughts as seasons change

Some random thoughts brought on by the change of seasons: fall to winter; football and volleyball to basketball and wrestling; ?Deadliest Catch? to ?Ice Road Truckers.? I?ve noticed that if the weatherman is going to be right about the weekly forecast, it will be for rain on the day I really need it to be dry. If a nice day […]

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Coaching tennis has been a good gig

Tennis is a game that is easy to love, if you?ll pardon the pun. Sure, some other sports?cross country and golf, for example?are also more individual than team competitions. Cross country is aerobic and calls for endurance, but requires little in the way of hand-eye coordination, however. Golfers certainly need specialized skills, but the conditioning benefits are minimal. Tennis is […]

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Fear mongers are taking aim again

I?m pretty sure I already wrote a column about the culture of fear in which we live. It had to be a while back because I couldn?t find it on my computer. Normally, I wouldn?t broach a subject that I could be writing about for a second time, but recent events have compelled me to once again examine the idea […]

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Civil War stops a highlight of sight-seeing version of this trip east

For the third time in the past 12 months, wife Kathy and I headed east?way out east. Last year when we loaded up the van, we were taking our daughter to college in Harrisonburg, Va., about 1,200 miles due east. We left home early on an August Thursday morning and returned the following Tuesday afternoon. That felt like a quick […]

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Beware of the infomercial purchase

More random summer thoughts (aren?t they the best kind?)…. n I bought a pair of those Topsy Turvy tomato growers for my backyard. I saw the ad on TV early last spring, and I took the plunge. Understand, I seldom buy anything from an infomercial, and now I realize why. I was enticed to purchase not one, but two, tomato-growing […]

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